|ADATA DashDrive Air AE400 Wireless Storage|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Storage|
|Written by Hank Tolman|
|Thursday, 14 March 2013|
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DashDrive Air Mobile Device Charging
The ADATA DashDrive Air AE400 can do a lot. It can charge batteries, stream media from a USB drive or an SD card, and share an internet connection to up to ten devices. Starting from the top, let's get into the details of everything the DashDrive Air AE400 can do.
First up, the DashDrive Air AE400 takes care of my wife's issue of her iPhone battery dying too quickly by providing a massive charging bank. The DashDrive Air AE400 houses a 5000mAh Li-Polymer rechargeable battery that can be used as a power bank. My wife's iPhone, for comparison, has a 1432 mAh Li-Polymer battery. That's about 3.5 times the size of the iPhone's battery.
ADATA claims that you can charge the iPhone 4S twice fully using the battery bank on the DashDrive Air AE400. That's probably a safe estimate, as the battery bank will also be in use powering the DashDrive Air while it is charging the phone. I'd say it is very likely that you'll get more than two charges out of the DashDrive Air AE400 if that's all you are using it for.
To put the ADATA DashDrive Air AE400 into charge mode, first long press the power button to turn it on. After the DashDrive Air is on, short press the button once. This will put the AE400 into charge mode. To confirm that the device is in charge mode, the power bank indicator will turn green. The power bank indicator is the middle of the three indicators and looks like a battery with a lightning bolt on it. If that indicator is green, you are in power bank mode.
Once the device is in power bank mode, just connect your mobile device via the USB port on the ADATA DashDrive Air AE400 and it will start charging. Interestingly enough, regardless of the mode in which the DashDrive Air AE400 was currently engaged, it continued to charge my Nexus S 4G; even when the device was supposedly in data transfer only mode. You can charge your mobile device while also using the DashDrive Air as a mobile reader, and we will explore that option in the next section.